The clock tower at Parliament’s Centre Block is called the Peace Tower. It’s 92.2m high and includes over 370 gargoyles, grotesques, and friezes. After my tour of Centre Block, I took an optional tour of the Peace Tower. This took an extra hour but was well worth it. Free tickets for self-guided tours of the Peace Tower only are distributed across the street from Parliament in a small shop at 90 Wellington Street.
First, I rode the lift up to the observation deck to get some incredible views of Ottawa and the surrounding area.
The architect, John A. Pearson, personally collected stone from the European battlefields where Canadians were killed and incorporated it into the floors and walls. The walls were originally supposed to have been inscribed with the names of all the service members killed in action, but there wasn’t enough space. The Books of Remembrance were placed there instead.
In addition, there are three stained glass windows measuring 7m x 3.5m. They symbolize the Call to Arms, the Assembly of Remembrance, and the Dawn of Peace.